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March for Education - Austin TX'

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Placido Salazarpsalazar9@satx.rr.comMarch for Education - Austin TX'
American GI Forum
Motto:
“EDUCATION IS OUR FREEDOM – 
AND FREEDOM SHOULD BE 
EVERYBODY’S BUSINESS”.
I personally believe that, whether or not we are members of theAmerican GI Forum, each one of us
 –
as parents and grandparents, should adopt these words asthe road through which we can prepare our future generations, to achieve a successful career
 –
 and a better life. As
Don Luz Salazar 
, my beloved Dad used to say, “The best inheritance wecan leave our children, is a good education.”
 We need to hold our elected officials accountable for the proper funding of our schools andequitable pay for our teachers, but WE NEED TO PUSH OUR LEGISLATORS TO GET RID OF THESTAAR TEST
 –
and allow our teachers to teach a curriculum which will enable our students tosolve every-day problems, in the real world, when they graduate high school. Our childrenneed to be college-ready when they leave high school
 –
and the teachers cannot prepare themfor that, if their hands are tied,
“TEACHING TO THE TEST.” 
GET RID OF THE STUPID STAARTEST, WHICH IS CAUSING SO MANY STUDENTS TO DROP-OUT OF SCHOOL; SOME WITH ONLY  A 9
TH 
GRADE EDUCATION. THIS CAN NEVER BE ACCEPTABLE.
Why keep ‘amending’ a test 
which we know is producing high school graduates who might be able to pass the test, but cannot write their own name? GET RID OF IT. What sense does it make for legislators to set 
‘tough’ standards – 
if too many students are not properly educated/prepared to PASS thosestandards? 
WE CANNOT AFFORD, NOR ALLOW AN “OOPS” GOVERNOR, NOR H 
IS EXTREMIST 
“CHRISTIAN” APPOINTEES TO DERAIL OUR CHILDREN’S EDUCATION, WHILE HE OR HIS WIFE 
 ARE WASTING MILLIONS OF TAXPAYER DOLLARS ON HIS PLEASURE TRIPS AROUND THE COUNTRY 
– 
AND ACROSS THE OCEAN. RICK PERRY PRETENDS TO ATTRACT OUT-OF-STATE BUSINESSES TO RELOCATE TO TEXAS, WITH THIS SHAMEFUL SCHOOL AND DROP-OUT RATE? Give me a break.
That ” $5.4 Billion” should never have been taken out of the Permanent 
Education Fund, which the Texas Constitution clearly prohibits. It must be returned to thePermanent Education Fund 
– 
before more schools are shuttered 
– 
and more teachers and other staff lose their jobs.
This was just a ‘set 
-
up’ to open the door for private schools.
 Our teachers can only educate our children if they are in school every day, properly fed, rested and with encouragement from parents, to listen and to learn.NEEDLESS TO SAY 
– 
WE CAN ONLY MAKE CHANGES HAPPEN, IF WE MOTIVATE EVERY ELIGIBLE VOTER
– 
TO REGISTER
– 
AND TO VOTE THESE CHARACTERS OUT OF OFFICE. WE HAVE ONLY OURSELVES TO BLAME FOR OUR LACK OF INVOLVEMENT AS CITIZENS
– 
AND AS PARENTS.
Please read the following column on Texas’ National Rating:
 
 
Placido Salazar, USAF Retired Vietnam Veteran
Veterans’ Legislation Liaison
 Dr. Hector P. Garcia American GI Forum Org of TX Inc.
 
Texas school ratings plummet undertougher standards
Unacceptable schools rose from 104 to 569
 
By Chris Tomlinson Associated Press
 
Posted July 29, 2011 at 10:01 p.m.
AUSTIN
Texas school ratings plummeted Friday under tough new standardsimposed by the Texas Education Agency, with the number of Unacceptable schools jumping more than 400 percent.The number of Exemplary schools
the state's highest rating
fell from 2,637 lastyear to 1,224 in 2011. The number of Unacceptable schools rose from 104 to 569 thisyear, the agency reported. Schools and districts are placed into one of four categories:Exemplary, Recognized, Academically Acceptable and Unacceptable."This is a far more accurate look at what is happening in these schools," Robert Scott,commissioner of education, said, while pointing out that Unacceptable schools onlymake up 6.7 percent of the campuses in Texas.The ratings are based on a formula that includes standardized tests, completion ratesand dropout rates. Schools that perform badly over several years can be shut down if
 
they don't meet the state's standards. Parents also may request transfers for theirchildren out of Unacceptable schools.Scott said the lower scores reflect tougher standards imposed this year. The agencyeliminated a controversial calculation called the Texas Performance Measure, whichcritics say allowed schools to count students who failed the Texas Assessment ofKnowledge and Skills as passing on the expectation that they would score better in thefuture.
 
The Texas House of Representatives unanimously voted to abolish the measure, butthe legislation did not make it into law. Scott said he decided to drop the measure toprevent any further criticism of the school ranking system. In 2010, 62 percent of theschools that obtained Exemplary status did so relying on a boost from the TexasPerformance Measure.Scott insisted that eliminating the measure from the calculation of ratings was not theonly factor in the lower ratings. The state also raised the minimum test scores requiredfor a school or district to gain a Recognized or Exemplary rating."We have also raised the number of students actually taking the test, from 90 percentup to 94 percent," Scott said. The agency also has increased the number of specialeducation students involved in the school accountability program by providing specialtests for those groups.There were similar changes on the district level, with the number of Exemplary districtsfalling from 241 in 2010 to 61 this year. The number of Unacceptable districts more thandoubled from 37 to 88, or roughly 7.2 percent of the school districts in Texas.Nationally, Texas students rank 49th in the nation on the verbal portion and 46th on themath section of the SAT college preparatory exam.During the next two years Texas schools will face a tougher time as they cope with a$4.8 billion cut in state financing compared to previous years, the first cut in per-student
 
funding in Texas since World War II. Democratic lawmakers repeatedly have expressedconcerns about the cuts and their impact on student achievement."Those dramatic cuts will make it that much harder for our schools to compete withother states and countries," said Rep. Mike Villarreal, D-San Antonio. "Students,teachers, parents, and community members will have to work tirelessly to overcome thecuts handed to them by the Legislature."The results announced Friday will remain in effect for the next two years as Texasprepares for a new standardized testing system, known as the State of TexasAssessment of Academic Readiness, or STAAR tests.

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